Lake of the Woods South Shore Fishing & Outdoor Report

Sportsman’s Lodge
Baudette, MN
(866) 533-8998


 Another great week!

A great week of summer weather, excellent fishing and good times have been experienced by Sportsman’s guests this week. Temperatures have been in the upper 70’s lower 80’s and the fish have been just as excited as the humans. I believe the weather has been tricking the fish into thinking it is July, based on the size of fish that have been caught and the techniques used.  We have seen tons of nice eater fish and trophy fish continue to be caught on a daily basis. Fishing for the limit and getting back in to enjoy other recreational activities was their goal and they met and exceeded their goal both Monday and Tuesday, by noon! It seems as if the fish were literally “jumping in the boat”! That is how good the fishing has been this summer on Legendary Lake of the Woods, absolutely awesome!

The scoop

Areas around Zippel Bay and Long Point continue to be producing the best walleyes and saugers lately. Twenty-five to thirty feet of water jigging with gold, glow in the dark, pink or orange jigs tipped with a minnow or trolling with shad raps silver and red or white and red have been the best presentations. As long as the warm weather stays I would bet the fishing will continue to be good in these areas. A look ahead to the cooler temperatures we will start to see the fish migrate towards the Lighthouse Gap and Rainy River.

Plan on at least two to three days of fishing for the best experience

It is true; as long as the weather cooperates it has been easy to get your limit of walleyes in one day of fishing this summer on Lake of the Woods.  This is quick trip if your short on time, but if you have a few more days to relax I encourage you to stay a few extra days and really experience Lake of the Woods. For the fishing enthusiast plan on fishing the first day and enjoy our famous island shore lunch, this is a great experience to enjoy fresh walleye prepared over an open fire all with a back drop of the beautiful lake. Then, fish day two for trophies catch and release your heart out, day three fish for your limit to take home to share with friends and family. Still not done fishing? We have more! Take the trip to Oak Island and enjoy fishing the islands for muskie, northern pike and slab crappies. Don’t forget we have more than fishing too. Goose, duck, partridge, small game, deer and elk hunting is world class in our area. Check out our “hunting” link on our website for guided hunts.  Also come and enjoy fall foliage, golf, fall festivals, small town shopping, visit the largest walleye, Willie Walleye, take a boat tour to the Northwest Angle and Islands, county museum and much more. Log on to for details.

Annual Emerald Shiner Run

We continue to see a few shiners starting in the river however due to the warmer than normal temperatures we have been experiencing the run has slowed. It looks like cooler temperatures will start again by Monday, Sept 21 so stay tuned a good cool week can really change the status in a hurry.

DNR reports this years’ sauger class the best they have seen in years. Saugers which are almost identical to the walleye other than the walleye has a white marking on their dorsal fin and walleyes tend to be larger are prominent fish caught in the mid to late season of winter fishing. Sounds like it will be a good winter! Get your reservations in now prime dates are booking up. If you’re looking for trophy walleyes make sure you plan to visit the first three weeks of December, first ice is always the best for trophy walleye fishing.

Lake Sturgeon

Only a few more weeks left to be able to keep a sturgeon. Sept 30 marks the last day to do this until next spring. The rainy river and four mile bay of Lake of the Woods are the best areas to snag one of these prehistoric monsters.